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Such irony! Trump holding up a sign of four Big Tech companies in "anger" after rubber-stamping

their exclusion from our progressive income tax system, using their data to get elected, and approving multi-billion dollar contracts that benefit them. I guess he really believed his own B.S. that the R Tax Con was a "Middle-Class" tax cut that would "hurt people like him", cause 6-7% economic growth, and eliminate the Fed Debt and Deficits within eight years. All this magic in light of the 42 years R tax cuts that have never paid for themselves, created mega Fed debt and deficits, growing income and wealth inequality, and caused inflation and depressions. No wonder the Republicans aren't talking about small government and tax cuts any more. Now their con is removing CRT from grade schools and high school and banning math and Classic books. Give them credit for one thing: They really understand the people who vote for them.

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Was it DeSantis that picked the fight with Disney, or was it a reaction to statements from Disney about the Florida law?

Also, maybe a little too nuanced, but the Disney CEO taking issue with the Florida law, Bob Chapek has been ousted by Disney. Yes, for a variety of reasons, but the comments of Bob Iger about calming things down seems instructive.

Is it possible that DeSantis has taken a rational approach in his actions? Does the firing of Chapek send a message to corporate America?

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Yes he’s being rational, the goal is to bring corporate America back into line with the GOP. But that’s not what the voters actually want.

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Harold Ford Jr. has a saying he likes to use. Mr. Ford says, a politician needs to meet voters where they're at. First, it seems Governor DeSantis met the voters of Florida where they are at. Second, and to your point above, I don't know where the voter will be *at* in 2024. If the kneeling billionaire bank manager Jamie Dimon is right about the 2023/2024 economy, I am sure they will be some place other than now.

I actually think corporate America is the one looking to move. It is they that are looking for more effective leadership and less dysfunction. In a somewhat hard landing a run of the mill drawdown will be 60% for stocks. [Maybe Newsom can pay SBF to digitize California's IOU process.] It will have a strong focusing influence on CEO's, large, medium and small. Bob Iger's comment about calming things down will have been noticed. The voter will be focused too. Focused on the stability of their job, the ability to make the house and car payments, while paying for the necessities of life.

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Like any skilled politician, DeSantis is playing to all his bases and tailoring the right message to each one

Attacking Disney allows him to gin up an issue with the anti-corporate and anti-woke crowds within the GOP. At the same time no real harm is being done to the corporation.

Stripping Disney World of its status as an "independent special district," means the counties where the theme park is located, inherit its considerable debts. Which is why the law is quietly being repealed now. Point made, but no actual changes to corporate privilege.

It’s also worth noting that he’s picking on a theme park that could not easily move out of the state. One that would obviously want to kiss and make up later.

I don’t think DeSantis has any real interest in anti-trust. His focus is solely on hot button issues that excite the casually informed GOP base but do no real harm to potential and current contributors.

As a Florida resident myself, I’ve watched him project a Trump like hard edged cruelty when attacking high school student or local officials. All tactics that excite Florida’s population of conservative white seniors while cultivating his national reputation.

I wasn’t aware of his closeness to Amazon but it’s certainly is in keeping with his approach to politics.

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Long time gop voter/volunteer here and you are 100% rigjt Matt.

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"Is it possible that DeSantis has taken a rational approach in his actions?" Not a chance. He is first and foremost a politician with the goal of being president on his mind. So he checks which way the wind is blowing, then he tilts that way. He learned that from Florida palm trees. What message does the firing of Chapek send to corporate America? The only message was: you are costing us profitable income so out you go. Are you implying he was let go over politics? Not a chance. It is ALWAYS about money in this country. Iger, too, is a politician. His 'calming things down' could have referred to the chaos of changing the CEO; the volatility of the stock price; the loss of several top management people; or a half dozen other things about which we commoners know nothing, including the chaos over ticket prices at Disney World. You are choosing to interpret the remark in a way that suits your personal agenda.

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The big thing about DeSantis to me is his performative governance versus actual governance. Great piece, Matt!

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I’m on the Trump train. I’ll vote for Herschel tomorrow but that may well be my last GOP vote. Trump not nominated I won’t vote. Until they get serious ab taking on big business / hedge funds I’m over em.

Here is an “astonishing”’take on DeSantis btw.

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/08/30/desantis-pulls-out-of-lee-zeldin-fundraiser-after-meeting-with-billionaire-donor-who-gave-more-than-400000-to-kathy-hochul/

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All sounds so schizophrenic... including how these big companies pretend to be on the left.

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Best case scenario: Trump and DeSantis mend any frayed fences and team up on the republican ticket in 2024.

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DeSantis broke the "virus" nazis all by himself with no Republican help at all. Nobody else even tried. After such a TOTAL WORLD-CHANGING UNIQUE ACHIEVEMENT, criticizing him for ANYTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD is like bashing FDR for spending too much time at Warm Springs.

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